Congressman Denver Riggleman Gives Speech Opposing Nancy Pelosi’s Liberal Wish List

May 15, 2020
Press Release

Washington D.C.— Congressman Denver Riggleman delivered an address on the House floor this evening opposing Nancy Pelosi’s liberal wish list bill. Congressman Riggleman offered a motion to recommit on H.R.6800, a bill that has been pushed through the House without ever receiving a committee hearing. The motion to recommit would have sent the bill back to the House Rules Committee instead of allowing the full House of Representatives to vote on the bill.

"This motion to recommit shouldn’t be controversial- unauthorized immigrants are not eligible for most federal benefits, including SNAP, TANF, and most housing assistance programs.  They weren’t even eligible to receive this money in the FIRST CARES act,” said Congressman Riggleman. “The reason they are being included now is because this provision is the latest in the grab bag of liberal priorities the Democrats are trying to sneak through in this bill.  But NOT ON MY WATCH."  

You can watch the Congressman’s speech here, and a transcript of the speech can be found below.

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Mister Speaker,

I offer this Motion to Recommit because Americans across this country are watching the steps we take in Congress. 

Millions of Americans need our help…and unfortunately millions more will lose their jobs as we consider partisan wish list legislation that has no chance of becoming law.

Our nation continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and the strength and ingenuity of the American spirit has shown forth.  We in this chamber came together to pass the CARES Act, a bi-partisan aid package in March of this year. In times of crisis, Americans should come together.

But that togetherness has waned, and the bipartisanship has vanished.  Masked in darkness and socially distanced from any review or debate, this bill is filled to the brim with progressive agenda items.  

Hidden amongst these poison pills is a provision that will change the ID requirement for the CARES Act rebate checks from Social Security Number to Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).  This switch will allow illegal immigrants and non-citizens to get checks they aren’t eligible for.  I didn’t think that a global pandemic meant it was time to stop helping American citizens who are desperate for assistance.

Now, more than ever, we need to make sure these rebate checks go to Americans who need it.

This motion to recommit shouldn’t be controversial- unauthorized immigrants are not eligible for most federal benefits, including SNAP, TANF, and most housing assistance programs.  They weren’t even eligible to receive this money in the FIRST CARES act.  

The reason they are being included now is because this provision is the latest in the grab bag of liberal priorities the Democrats are trying to sneak through in this bill.  But NOT ON MY WATCH.  

That’s why I am proud to offer this motion to recommit.  It’s time we show Americans that we will stand up and do our jobs in Congress, be the responsible leaders Americans elected us to be, not partisan headline-grabbers or those who think messaging bills are more important than sensible legislation for all Americans.  This authors of the bill do not intend for this to become law— it makes a mockery of our responsibility to govern. Enough of the messaging bills, lets stop playing politics and start working on solutions that will help the American people.

I urge all of my colleagues to join me, thank you and I yield back my time.